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Old 05-14-2019, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by nomad_archer View Post
How is everyone attaching their trailer safety chain? None of my trailers have hooks that are large enough to fit on the connection points of the factory hitch. I am thinking using a clevis might be a good option but I'm not sure which size is necessary? What has worked for everyone else? My trailers are all less than 6500lbs. I have a F350 with the 6.7 and the 3" receiver.
I just hook them in. Havenít come across any that donít fit yet.

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This is frustrating with me too - you would have thought he Ford engineers would have though this through more...

Mine fit backwards (facing out) but not forwards (facing in) - not sure if that's an issue or not but that's what i've been doing for now.
Thatís the direction theyíre supposed to be facing.
 
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Guys with the 3" receiver aren't having the problem with the safety chain hooks not fitting. I've tried a number of different hooks on mine and haven't had one not fit.
 
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Originally Posted by nomad_archer View Post
Thanks everyone. I like the clevis/shackle or D-ring options the best. Something removeable is important to me.
Me, too. The hammerlocks are nice, but at 2x more expensive than shackles and not removable, I'll take a pass.

5/8 shackles seem to work and can be had for $15-20 on Amazon. 3/4" shackles are hit or miss -- I've read that they barely fit or barely don't fit.

My trailer's hooks just barely fit, so I think I'll sit tight for now. But, the 5/8" shackles may be in my future, if I get too irritated trying to finagle my hooks off the receiver.
 
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:59 PM
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Guys with the 3" receiver aren't having the problem with the safety chain hooks not fitting. I've tried a number of different hooks on mine and haven't had one not fit.
The guys with the 3" receiver certainly are having the issue. My travel trailer hooks barely fit. My boat and utility trailer not so much. So I would guess guys with lighter duty trailer that tend to have smaller chains/hooks all have the issue.
 
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Guys with the 3" receiver aren't having the problem with the safety chain hooks not fitting. I've tried a number of different hooks on mine and haven't had one not fit.
I'll agree
I have the 3 inch and haven't had an issue hooking up anything yet. It is just getting the right angle. I struggled at first, my wife came out and hooked trailer right up. Showed me what she did and haven't had a problem since.
 
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I have a 3Ē. Some really small hooks from utility trailers wonít go but anything larger will.
 
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I think some overthink this and make it more complicated than it needs to be. All you have to do is change the hooks. Not that hard and cost is minimal (like $20). I've got 3 trailers. My boat and utility trailer had those cheap cheesy bent "S" hooks so yeah those didn't work.

 
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I think some overthink this and make it more complicated than it needs to be. All you have to do is change the hooks. Not that hard and cost is minimal (like $20). I've got 3 trailers. My boat and utility trailer had those cheap cheesy bent "S" hooks so yeah those didn't work.
"All you have to do is change the hooks" IS making it more complicated than it needs to be. Simply screwing on a couple shackles that will accommodate ANY trailer is the easy answer. I have 3 trailers...much easier to add shackles (or hammerlocks)
 
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"All you have to do is change the hooks" IS making it more complicated than it needs to be. Simply screwing on a couple shackles that will accommodate ANY trailer is the easy answer. I have 3 trailers...much easier to add shackles (or hammerlocks)
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